commanteer's past comments

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    commanteer

    I can see the writing on the wall. Expats in Japan, watch out. Your "foreign" bank accounts in your home country will be tapped as part of an overall sweep aimed at rich tax avoiders. Of course, the rich will always find ways around this and simply move their money elsewhere. Meanwhile Joe EnglishTeacher will get swept up in the net.

    Posted in: Japanese money in offshore tax havens could solve a lot of problems at home

  • 1

    commanteer

    I love both Bowie and Prince, and was heavily into Bowie when I was a kid. But this article is just ridiculously over the top. Yes, both artists were transcendent, but neither created a style of music "never heard before." Prince borrowed heavily from George Clinton and Sly Stone among others. Bowie was heavily influenced by the Kinks and others. Both Bowie and Prince relied heavily on image to sell their music. In both cases their music was great, but it was their cultivated image that really sold them as "legends."

    This is the kind of stuff written by rabid fans who know nothing about music. And it is a tad insulting to the great artists who influenced Prince and Bowie, but who lacked the clever branding skills.

    Posted in: Prince, Bowie and Haggard: Icons? Legends? What's the difference?

  • 2

    commanteer

    I don't even care that much about fuel efficiency. But if they are willing to lie about this for 25 years, it makes me wonder where else they cutting corners and cheating. I drive fast, and I would rather not have doubts about my car at highway speeds.

    Posted in: Scandal-hit Mitsubishi Motors says sales have fallen by half

  • 3

    commanteer

    the people who lived in the "states" were fed up with war, and were also being introduced to the atrocities of the holocaust and just wanted it over, they cared ZERO for the Japanese people and wished them, for the most part dead... literally millions of people who just wanted the war over, no matter the cost of ENEMY lives. NO ONE CARED!

    And you say this as though it's a good thing.

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  • 6

    commanteer

    Wow...I Love Game of Thrones. But I fell asleep halfway through lolozo79's comment.

    Posted in: 'Game of Thrones' season six opener ends months of suspense

  • 5

    commanteer

    ”Told?” When has the Japanese government EVER "told" the US to do anything?

    The quoted word "told" is nowhere to be found in this article.

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  • 21

    commanteer

    “I’d like to express my heartfelt thanks to the police because me being arrested became news worldwide which served as catalyst to bring us together.”

    I really like this woman.

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  • 0

    commanteer

    Yes, immigrants are responsible for much of the innovation in the US. This is important because it means that innovation is not a trait that is uniquely enhanced in American youth. A case can even be made that American-born underperform when compared to immigrants.

    What it means is that the American system is more conducive to supporting creativity - at the moment.

    Things can change. Increasingly oppressive patent/copyright laws can drive innovators out of the US, the way Edison's patent aggression drove the movie business out of New York and into a remote town called Hollywood. The American film success never would have happened if Edison's reach was nationwide at the time.

    Add that to other increasing regulations and restrictions that limit research, and it's quite possible that another country will be ready to pick up the slack in welcoming innovators. There may well be a day soon when innovators from India, China and elsewhere don't have to come to the US to reach their potential. And I suspect it will come, mainly because Americans take this innovation as something of a birthright rather than something that needs to be nurtured and maintained. So they allow education to spiral ever downward, and allow laws created to protect "the public" or "children" that actually protect vested interests, megacorporations and banks to flourish.

    Posted in: America's secret weapon: Its unparalleled capacity for innovation

  • 0

    commanteer

    I don't suggest rolling up into a ball. It may work for aardvarks, but any parent knows a rolled up kid is easier to pick up than one that is kicking and fighting.

    Posted in: Training kids to safeguard them from abductions

  • 7

    commanteer

    barring a financial crisis

    Well, then it's pretty much assured he will not stick to script. If we somehow manage to avoid a financial crisis until next year, then his tax hike should be enough to tip us into one.

    Posted in: Abe sticks to script on sales tax hike plans after deadly quakes

  • 1

    commanteer

    wish all of these old geezers would just go into permanent retirement before they embarrass themselves

    How are they embarrassing themselves? The blues singers who inspired these bands sing until they die. Tony Bennett is singing in his 80s. Sinatra sang until the alcohol finally caught up with him at his final concert in Fukuoka. Artists around the world generally keep creating their art until they are physically unable to continue

    It's what they do, and they do it well. Why on earth should they retire if they don't want to? Some of them run out of ideas, yes, but many of us still want to hear them live. A few of them actually put out some of their best stuff when they are older. We don't hear about it because the media focuses on young music for young people. But just because it never makes the top 20 or wins a Grammy doesn't mean it isn't great music. In fact, most of the best and most personal music never does.

    People are free not to listen to this music (though many will rediscover it after the artists have passed away). But I would rather hear these guys sing than 99% of the newer artists. Why? Because, in their time, they were the exceptional 1%. You're getting the pure stuff, aged though it may be. If you go to a concert with new artists, you'll be forced to sit through 99 forgettable acts to hear one great one.

    Posted in: Dylan, McCartney, Stones lined up for mega-concert: report

  • 2

    commanteer

    I am astounded by the position of the car in the image above. The driver of that car was literally inches from death, and the back wheels are actually hanging off the precipice. He/she was extraordinarily lucky that the landslide stopped where it did. If that were my car, I'd be feeling pretty grateful today.

    Posted in: U.S. military to help rescue quake victims as landslide threat grows

  • 2

    commanteer

    So McD doesn't want to operate its own stores. Then why would anyone want to franchise them?

    Because of the globally recognized brand, for one. And because Mac in Japan is a distressed asset right now, and could offer a savvy investor a chance to buy in cheap. Hard to imagine a new investor doing a worse job than the current McDonald's management.

    Posted in: McDonald's targeting buyout firms as it seeks to sell North Asia stores

  • 5

    commanteer

    Two quakes, the second stronger than the first, in the space of a day or so. My youngest went from being excited at feeling the house shake for the first one to being scared of the second one. I do hope we have seen the last of these for a while. After all, Kyushu is supposed to be the place in Japan that is relatively safe from quakes.

    Posted in: Scores feared trapped as death toll from 2 Kyushu quakes hits 37

  • 0

    commanteer

    I have to agree. The older people in Japan are milking the country dry for themselves and leaving nothing for future generations. Like grandparents eating out at fine restaurants every night while their grandchildren suffer at home with not enough to eat.

    Can't put too much hope in karma, as most of these old folks will pass away peacefully in their comfortable beds without a care in the world. But there will be a turning point as younger generations start to vote.

    Posted in: Plans for daycare center scrapped after residents complain of possible noise

  • 2

    commanteer

    rather than face this reality they want to destroy the currency out of a mistaken belief that doing so will make Japan great again.

    I don't think they are quite so stupid as they appear. They may mouth the words "make Japan great again" but behind closed doors they are saying "how are we going even going to begin to pay the pensions we have promised and cover all the public money invested in our bonds and the post office, not to mention healthcare?"

    They want inflation, not to boost the economy, but too inflate away the government debt that they can't come close to paying otherwise. It's either inflation or default, and no politician is going to stand up and say "we can't pay, sorry." So it's inflation.

    Unfortunately, that's the game plan of many western countries, including the US. Since the world has never seen a bout of almost all leading economies trying to destroy their currencies at the same time, the result will be interesting. But also very unpleasant most likely

    Posted in: Japan conveys concern over one-sided currency moves to U.S.

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    commanteer

    Because the long-accepted theory that high cholesterol levels increase the chance of heart disease has taken quite a beating lately. As have the assumptions that animal fats are bad for you, that margarine is healthier than butter, and the artificial sweeteners and fats help people lose weight.

    It is becoming very apparent that doctors really have little idea what constitutes a healthy diet, and that government recommendations are to be taken with a grain of sea salt. Several grains.

    Just eat real foods, not processed junk, with lots of raw or barely cooked veggies. You'll be ahead of the game.

    Posted in: Vegetable fat not the route to a healthy heart, study finds

  • 3

    commanteer

    How exactly does someone get molested via SNS?

    They don't. They get molested by a person. But it's always easier for the authorities to blame social networks. It gives them an excuse to pass new laws and exercise more control over them. It's like blaming a telephone for a kidnapping. Or a getaway car for a robbery.

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  • 4

    commanteer

    No! These islands are beautiful. Japan will pour concrete all over them. Keep the islands Russia.

    You are apparently completely unaware of Russia's environmental track record. Must be blissful.

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  • 0

    commanteer

    No, no, no. American actors like H Ford, T Hanks, N Cage, B Willis etc. etc. etc. just have that natural "cool" about them on the big screen. (US actresses too) It can't be learned nor taught. When it comes to Japanese actors / actresses -just, "Can't see that ever happening.

    So all white guys, preferably with blue eyes, equals "natural cool?"

    Posted in: 3 reasons Japanese movies today suck, according to distributor and producer Adam Torel

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